This plant is often consumed as a food, with its leaves, stalks and seed all being considered edible. This is especially true of the seeds, which contain 21% protein and 15.2% fat.
Mallow - annual, less often biennial and perennial herbaceous plants, with a lying, ascending or straight stem, first fluffy, and later naked, 30-120 cm high.
Leaves are petiolate, round-cordate, with five to seven lobes, or incised, pubescent.
Flowers one to five in leaf axils; in very few types of inflorescences - brushes. The petals are deep, lamellar, oblong-obovate, pink, with three dark longitudinal stripes. Blooms from June to August.
The roots are long, branched.
The fruit is schizocarp.
This plant is useful. Invasive in North America.